Sandra Ratkovic (*1980, Frankfurt/Main) is a photographer from Berlin. She focuses on free artistic documentary photography and is interested in capturing everyday activities to tell stories of different places and different cultural norms.
Her solo exhibitions include City Museum of Novi Sad (2019), Kunstverein Erlangen (2019), Kunstverein Hochrhein (2019), Kunstverein Neckar-Odenwald (2018), Goethe Institut Belgrade (upcoming in 2020) Atelier Alen, Munich (2016, 2017), Wigan Arts Festival (UK, 2017) supported by Arts Council England, Good Transfer photo-book gallery, Munich (2017).
Group exhibitions (selection): Hapti(c)k, Hamburg Summer of Architecture, xpon Art Gallery, Hamburg (2019), Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens (Greece) (2017), Not und Spiele, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (2017), Art Book Fair, Berlin Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (2017), transition, PS Mirabel, Manchester (UK) (2016), Photographs illustrate poems, 25. Anniversary of the Haus für Poesie (Literaturwerkstatt), Berlin, (2016), London Art Fair (repr. by Atelier Alen) (2016), Hotel Bogota, Brotfabrik, Berlin (2015)
Sandra Ratkovic published a photo book about Moscow (monograph, Hatje Cantz publishing company) including an introductory note about her work by Wladimir Kaminer.
She is also curating art exhibitions, i.e. Berlin Mitte Media Festival, Fata Morgana, Berlin (2017), and “Digital Fairy Tales”, International Media Art based on German fairy tales from the 19th century, the exhibition was shown at IFP Media Center, New York, and projected onto the Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA, as well as exhibited at the Runtingerhaus (city archive) in Regensburg, Germany (October 2016) and the International Short Film Festival Regensburg (2018).
She holds a Master’s degree in Art History (University Frankfurt/Main) and a photography degree from imago Fotokunst Berlin (Class of Ursula Kelm).
Awards and fundings: Stiftung Kunstfonds,“Katalogförderung für monografische Kataloge“ (2019), mitOst e.V. , funding for „Parallel Biographies Serbia-Germany (2018), Honourable Mention Moscow Photo Festival (2017), Cover photo and photography project published in ”Best of 10 years Zenith Photography Award” (zenith, Stiftung Mercator, and Vodafone Stiftung Deutschland) (2015).
Sandra Ratkovic’s photography projects are published in international media, such as Spiegel, Zeit, Welt, Taz, Deutsche Welle Russia, Lomography, Deutschlandradio, Kaltblut Magazine, Kwerfeldein Fotomagazin, Fotohits, Black Iris Journal, fluter, Canada LExpress, Tagesanzeiger Switzerland and many more.
Her photos are in public and private collections, such as Tradegate Exchange GmbH, Leo Kuelbs Collection and H. Hahn photobook collection.
Stiftung Kunstfonds supports catalogue production for „Merseyside and Brexit“
The production of the monographic artist publication „Merseyside and Brexit“ by Sandra Ratkovic will be funded by Stiftung Kunstfonds, as selected by the jury for 2020
Watch the complete video of my artist talk at Goethe-Institut Belgrade
Full video of my artist talk at Goethe Institute Belgrade on 12.3.2020
With the art historian Sladjana Petrovic Varagic speaking Serbian and me speaking German. At the event, there was simultaneous translation. Thank you Goethe-Institute Belgrade for the kind invitation.
International Project „Parallel Biographies“ – exhibition at City Museum Novi Sad
From September 2018 on, Sandra Ratkovic is working on the international art- and cultural exchange project „PARALLEL BIOGRAPHIES“ in Germany and Serbia. Her photographs will be exhibited in institutions and museums in Berlin (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften), Belgrad (Goethe Institute), Novi Sad (City Museum) and Budapest (mitOst festival). Partner institutions: University of Novi Sad (Serbia), Technical University, Berlin (Germany), and MitOst e.V.,
Solo-Exhibition at Kunstverein Neckar-Odenwald
Sandra Ratkovic is showing her latest photo project „Merseyside and Brexit“ at a solo-exhibition at Kunstverein Neckar Odenwald in 2018.
Feature in DER GREIF
Sandra Ratkovics work is shown in the guestroom at Der Greif – Organization for Contemporary Photography of Images Vevey Festival, curated by Stefano Stoll and Raphael Biollay
See the guestroom feature here
The photo-book „MOSKAU. MOSCOW.MOSKBA“ by Sandra Ratkovic is presented at the curated photo book stand of Photography in Berlin at the CEPIC Congress 2017. CEPIC will welcome delegates from many countries of the world to the biggest gathering of image professionals from the 15th to the 17th of June, 2017
instawalk with Sandra Ratkovic, organised by Hatje Cantz and Kwerfeldein
Together with artist Sandra Ratkovic, the online magazine kwerfeldein, Hatje Cantz and instagrammers we will explore Russian Berlin.
Since World War II, Russia influenced Berlin’s architecture, and there is still a lively community existing. Whether Russian War memorials, parks, supermarkets, book stores or theatres — Russia belongs to Berlin like the Russendisko to Kaffee Burger.
At the latest since she documented Russian life in Moscow, Sandra Ratkovic has developed an eye for the old and new signs of Russian lifestyle. Inspired by her photobook “Moskau Moscow Mockba”, in collaboration with kwerfeldein Hatje Cantz are initiating an instawalk. Together with Sandra Ratkovic and kwerfeldein editor Tabea Borchardt, Hatje Cantz invite instagrammers to stroll through Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg and capture traces of Russian life in the cityscape. The most beautiful pictures will be published afterwards on kwerfeldein as well as the Hatje Cantz Photoblog.
Podcast-Interview with Sandra Ratkovic about her photobook project at the Good Transfer Gallery in Munich
Sandra Ratkovic is presenting her photo book „MOSKAU. MOSCOW.MOSKBA“ at the 1st Mitte Media Festival in Berlin, together with the art project Past Nor Present by Carsten Becker.
Mitte Media Festival is sponsored by Leo Kuelbs Collection, Fata Morgana Gallery, CoGalleries, Z-Bar, Last Night in Berlin and Chased Magazine.
Photograph by Sandra Ratkovic is cover of the photobook „Best of 3 years Zenith Photography Competion“, by Zenith Magazine, supported by Stiftung Mercator and Vodafone Stiftung Deutschland!
Sandra Ratkovic Photography, address on request, 10437 Berlin
Phone: 0049-(0)170-5447822, E-mail: email@example.com
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